pet pantryWhen it was time for a pair of freshman to decide on their Girl Scout Silver Award project, their love of animals led them in one direction, to do something to benefit needy pets.  14-Year-olds, Darcy McDowell and Hallory McBride, Troop 161, Goshen, NY, decided to do this because, as Darcy said, “Many people in our area have pets and when they can’t afford to feed them, they either give them up or just abandon them.”

For their Silver Award the girls have to do a project which has to be a community service, sustainable, provide leadership opportunities, and have a global aspect and this emcompasses all those aspects.  Both girls are handling different parts of the project and the community response has been very positive.

They’ve set up collection points for pet food, treats, collars and other items, around their town and they also have permission from the First Presbyterian and St. James Episcopal Churches to set up collection boxes.  They’re contacting pet food companies, pet stores and getting the word out via local newspaper.  They ever have a display in the Village Square to collect donations.

The food pantry has been very supportive from the beginning and have set aside an area for the pet pantry donations. And when their project is over, the young ladies are working to enlist volunteers to keep the pet pantry going for their community.

“Animals are fun to play with and they’re good listeners,” said Darcy, with Hallory adding, “They’re interesting to watch, fun to take care of and easy to talk to. They’re great. That’s why we want to help them.”

What a fantastic project benefiting an often forgotten segment of society that also suffers when times are tough.  Way to go young ladies, hope your project is a smashing success!

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